CEBU CITY — Nigerian forward Sommy Managor and veteran wingman Jules Langres came up with some crucial points in crunchtime for University of San Carlos to overcome the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Panthers, 80-75, in overtime, in the 2019 Cesafi men’s basketball tournament on Sunday evening at the Cebu Coliseum.
Managor made two clutch free-throws to put USC in front for good, 76-75, with 1:03 remaining. Then, after USPF forward Karl Langahin bricked a hurried three-pointer, Langres leaked out for an uncontested layup to bring USC’s lead to three, 78-75, with 33.5 seconds remaining.
Langahin attempted and missed another three-point try from the corner and Managor sealed USC’s win with two more free-throws with 17 seconds remaining.
Managor was the Warriors’ anchor on offense as he tallied 28 points while Langres tacked on 16 markers.
USC had the inside track on the win as they led by 10 in the fourth canto before USPF made their comeback inside the last two minutes. With the Warriors still up, 65-59, the Panthers came roaring back to tie the game up at 65-all after a fadeaway jumper by Swint and two straight layups by RR Cauba, the equalizing one coming off a neat assist from a driving Neon Chavez along the baseline with 12.7 seconds remaining in the game.
The game was a fiercely contested one that saw both teams engage in numerous skirmishes. USC wingman Roosvelt Jellianggao got tossed in the third canto for retaliating with a closed fist during a clash with Cauba after the two got tangled up.